Monday, March 17, 2008

1905 Literature

The Girl of the Golden West. David Belasco. American. 1905. Play. Heroine is a courageous saloonkeeper in Western mining camp who falls in love with an outlaw.

The House of Mirth. Edith Wharton. American. 1905. Novel. Intent is to satirize weaknesses of New York society. Lily Bart tries to climb the social ladder.

Kipps. HG Wells. British. 1905. Novel. Draper's apprentice, suddenly wealthy, learns that he cannot live in high society.

Major Barbara. George Bernard Shaw. British. 1905. Play. Major in Salvation Army refuses to accept money from her millionaire father, owner of an armaments company, and resigns. Learns that poverty, not sin, breeds crime. All money is tainted. Use it for good ends. The poor are not blessed, nor necessarily evil, but cursed. Use money to free the poor from poverty.

The Scarlet Pimpernel. Baronness Orczy. British. 1905. Novel. Adventure story of the French Revolution. Fop is really the savior of condemned aristocrats.

Where Angels Fear to Tread. EM Forster. British. 1905. Novel. Set n Italy. Effect of the land and culture on insular British personalities.

White Fang. Jack London. American. 1905. Novel. Reversion of tame dog to the wild. Brutally beaten by first owner who wants a ferocious dog. Rescued by mining engineer who domesticates him. Wounded while defending master's family against an escaped convict.

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